The United States has called on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to demonstrate its commitment to a peaceful and permanent resolution of the conflict in northern Uganda by signing the Final Peace Agreement (FPA).
A press release from the US State Department made available on Thursday stated the FPA represented an unprecedented opportunity to resolve the long-standing conflict and to enhance stability in the Great Lakes Region.
“We urge its signing and stand ready to support implementation. We applaud the efforts of the Government of Southern Sudan mediators, UN Special Envoy Joachim Chissano and the observers and we commend the Government of Uganda for its patience and resolve in the negotiations.
“We will continue to work with these parties to support the peace process and bring an end to this conflict that has ravaged northern Uganda and southern Sudan and threatens the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic,” the release assured.
The State Department further noted the “redevelopment of northern Uganda must accelerate as people in the region return to their homes and normalcy after years of displacement and upheaval.
“We will continue to work closely with the Government of Uganda and the international community to reconstruct northern Uganda, assist the victims of the conflict to rebuild their lives, and enhance regional prosperity.”